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Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

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Commentary: Reflections of an Affirmative Action baby

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org  I took the title of this column from the name of a book written by Yale Law Professor Stephen L. Carter. It was published in 1992, during my last year as an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University. In it he talks about being the beneficiary of affirmative action, but also being […]

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Analysis: Women’s work/home choices should include all options

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When I was growing up in the 1980s and launching my career in the 1990s, the goal for women – at least for my friends and me – was independence. Women before us had made it not only acceptable to work, but to have careers. And therefore the expectation […]

Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

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Commentary: Who are paying their ‘fair share?’

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org Well, the April 15 dreaded deadline has come and gone. The Lovely Mrs. Shabazz and I have written our checks to the federal government and various states that tell us we owe them money for our portion of the government. And once again it’s time for me to reflect on that […]

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Analysis: History has lessons for tax cut fever

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When Indiana lawmakers voted this spring to reduce the corporate income tax rate, they were joining hundreds of other legislators across the nation considering tax cuts. But history shows these tax cut splurges can cause significant problems for states when their economies go south – leaving policy makers to […]

Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

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Analysis: New teacher data has its limitations

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s usually a given that parents want their children in class with the best teachers. And so it will be tempting – when the Department of Education releases teacher evaluation data on Monday– to compare how many educators at one school received the highest ratings compared with those at […]

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Analysis: Ethics members should take Turner matter seriously

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The House Ethics Committee will soon take up the question of whether state Rep. Eric Turner broke the chamber’s rules when he advocated in a private caucus for the defeat of legislation that would hurt a business run by his son. Turner, a Republican from Cicero, insists he did […]

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Guest column: Government should get out of the business of marriage

By Mike Delph State senator With the flurry of federal litigation regarding Indiana’s marriage statute, a law that has been on the books since 1986, it appears that our Hoosier society is on the verge of walking through a door never negotiated. Homosexuality is probably the most discussed sin in a sea of hundreds. This […]

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Analysis: Road funding study is key for Indiana’s future

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Tucked among the hundreds of bills that flowed through the General Assembly this year is one that could affect Indiana’s future trade, economy and finances. House Bill 1104 orders a study of transportation funding in hopes that the state will find a way to generate revenue for roads and […]

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Analysis: Bullying has no place in the Statehouse

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – One thing I’ve always loved about covering the General Assembly is seeing people come to the Statehouse and make a case. Whether they’re arguing for a bill or against a bill, telling their own stories or that of a loved one, or simply sharing a heart-felt belief, it’s great […]

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Analysis: Gun bill calls for reasoned debate – from all sides

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – It’s easy to understand the outrage. The mere mention of guns and schools conjures images of Sandy Hook and Columbine, only two of the far too many times that students have died at the hands of shooters invading schools with weapons. But an issue as important as gun control […]

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